This video from the USA is called Rick Rowley: Recent NATO Attacks on Afghan Civilians Show U.S. Military Surge Strategy Has Failed.
By Bill Benfield:
14 dead as Nato strikes civilians
Sunday 29 May 2011
A Nato air strike supposedly targeting insurgents has hit two civilian homes in Helmand province, killing 14 women and children.
Provincial government spokesman Dawood Ahmadi said that the alliance had launched the air strike late on Saturday in retaliation for an attack earlier in the day on a US marine base in Nawzad.
He said that Nato hit two civilian houses, killing five girls, seven boys and two women.
The raid generated furious protests from local villagers.
A group from Sera Cala village travelled to Helmand’s capital of Lashkar Gar, bringing with them the bodies of eight of the dead children – some as young as two years old.
“See, they aren’t Taliban,” they chanted as the carried the corpses to the governor’s mansion.
Nato spokesman Major Tim James said that a joint coalition and Afghan delegation was travelling to the site yesterday to investigate.
He didn’t confirm the air strike and provided no details.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly called on coalition forces to minimise night raids and air strikes in order to avoid accidental deaths.
Civilian deaths are a continuing source of tension between Nato and Afghan officials.
Tensions were rising between Hamid Karzai’s government and his Western backers today after the president said he would no longer allow Nato air strikes on houses – only to be promptly contradicted by the military alliance: here.